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By Kaelanne Jordan
The residents of Charlotteville, a scenic fishing and hunting
village located on the North Eastern end of Tobago will join
with the St. Peters Anglican Church on the 3rd Sunday of
October (19th) to celebrate the annual Harvest Thanksgiv-
A key feature of the celebration is the Eucharistic
Service in which the villagers express gratitude for
the bountiful gifts that were provided by God during
the past year.
The two- and-a half long church service begins at
10am under the direction of The Venerable Philip
Isaac, Archdeacon, Tobago. The Sermon will be deliv-
ered by Deacon Ulf Kundler, the newly appointed As-
sistant Curate of St Mary's Parish.
The traditional afternoon cantata will be not be
held but in its place musical renditions and recita-
tions would be included in the Eucharistic Service.
After the service, the villagers including members
of the church are expected to partake in the sump-
tuous harvest meals that are normally prepared for
A key feature of village harvests is the house-to-
house visits. Anyone can enter a yard or house in
which harvest food is prepared and be treated to
food and drink. This is unique to Tobago.
According to Fr. Isaac, the homes of church mem-
bers would have a donation box on display so that
guests can make a contribution towards the church.
Isaac explains that the genesis of the harvest
began as a biblical appointment founded in the Old
"This was a response to an order to the children of
Israel that they should give thanks for the prosperity
that they would have received after going into the
Promised Land." he said.
The Harvest was built in the tradition of an agrar-
Since agriculture was the main form of livelihood
at that time, the church throughout the world saw it
important for the people to congregate once a year
and have a service where they give thanks to God
for the provision of the livestock and vegetables
that they were able to harvest for their sustenance.
* Did you know that the first Anglican Church at
Charlotteville was called St. Boniface?
After its destruction by Hurricane Flora a new
Church was erected on an adjacent site and named
St. Peter after "The big Fisherman of the Bible be-
cause Charlotteville is known as a fishing village.
In the church, a plaque that was unveiled by Presi-
dent Ellis Clarke on July 1, 1984 marks the occasion
when stones from the MENSA CHRISTI Church of
the primacy TABGHA BAY, GALILEE, presented to
the Lord Bishop Clive Abdulah, Bishop of Trinidad
and Tobago who led the first pilgrimage from this
country to the Holy Land in April 1982, were re-
ceived by the fishermen of Charlotteville and placed
beneath the altar of the Church.
* St. Peters Anglican Church is the first church to
have a fisherman festival (Charlotteville Fisherman
It began in the 1980's when Bishop Clive Abdulah
arrived on a coast guard boat and blessed the fisher-
men's boats as a celebration for the hardworking
fishermen of the village.
How to get to Charlotteville from Scarborough
All vehicles exit the port through Customs Street.
Cross the road unto Bay Street, continue in a
Northerly direction unto Northside Road that leads
to the traffic light at the corner of Rockley Vale. Turn
right at this light and drive through two sets of
lights unto Windward road. Alternatively turn left on
Carrington Street drive past Gardenside (one-way)
street, turn right into Plymouth Road aka Wilson
Road and proceed North unto to the Claude Noel
Highway. Turn right at the traffic lights and proceed
along the Claude Noel Highway through three sets
of traffic lights (Rockley Vale, Calder Hall and Baco-
let) unto the Windward road that passes through
the villages of John Dial, Hope, Mt St George, Stud-
ley Park, Goodwood, Goldsborough, Pembroke,
Glamorgan, Belle Garden, Argyle, Roxborough, De-
laford, Speyside into Charlotteville
Your exit is at the corner of Carrington Street on
the right, (East), Milford Road on the left (West)
and Plymouth Road aka Wilson Road on the
(North). Walk east along Carrington Street past
Custom Street (2 entrances on the right) to the
TAXI stand on Castries street also on your right.
Walk in a westerly direction (to your left) along
Milford Road, pass Dutch Fort on the right and con-
tinue to the next corner where you turn right into
Sangster's Hill and proceed to the first junction. An-
other right turn would bring you face to face with
the Bus terminal where you can enquire about the
next bus to Charlotteville.
You are at the wharf. Go left and take the second
corner at your right. You are now at Sangsters Hill.
The bus terminal is straight ahead, on your right.
Take a Charlotteville bus.
Charlotteville Anglican Church and Plaque.
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